Occupational Employment Statistics


27-3043 Writers and Authors

Originate and prepare written material, such as scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material. Excludes "Public Relations Specialists" (27-3031) and "Technical Writers" (27-3042).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 208$36.72/hr$18.84/hr$32.84/hr$36.45/hr$40.07/hr$55.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities100$26.16/hr
Financial Activities30$33.53/hr
Professional and Business Services380$30.72/hr
Education and Health Services50$36.14/hr
Leisure and Hospitality90$28.00/hr
Other Services20$23.86/hr
Public Administration20$27.89/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$27.49/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$36.45/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 10$22.49/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 20$36.45/hr2.5%
Southwest Minnesota 20$21.96/hr1.3%
Northeast Minnesota 30$18.93/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 30$18.91/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$24.23/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 30$19.65/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$25.40/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 40$26.08/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 50$28.43/hr3.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 680$31.28/hr9.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 720$31.38/hrN/A
Minnesota 860$30.19/hr6.2%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Public Relations Specialists 5,780$29.10/hr8.8%
Editors 1,600$26.51/hr-5.7%
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 200$23.55/hr8.0%
Producers and Directors 1,360$31.32/hr8.8%
Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys 810$12.11/hr-13.5%

  • Vary language and tone of messages based on product and medium.
  • Write fiction or nonfiction prose, such as short stories, novels, biographies, articles, descriptive or critical analyses, and essays.
  • Develop factors such as themes, plots, characterizations, psychological analyses, historical environments, action, and dialogue to create material.
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Revise written material to meet personal standards and to satisfy needs of clients, publishers, directors, or producers.
  • Write advertising copy for use by publication, broadcast, or internet media to promote the sale of goods and services.
  • Write to customers in their terms and on their level so that the advertiser's sales message is more readily received.
  • Consult with sales, media and marketing representatives to obtain information on product or service and discuss style and length of advertising copy.
  • Edit or rewrite existing copy as necessary, and submit copy for approval by supervisor.
  • Choose subject matter and suitable form to express personal feelings and experiences or ideas, or to narrate stories or events.